Interview: Rhia O’Reilly

February 10, 2017

16463042_1235918933110397_3551233650503381513_oRhia O’Reilly has been a Friend of TOWIS almost since its inception – so what better way to mark our relaunch than by catching up with her?

The last time we met up, you were about to have your match in EVE with Nikki Storm…

I remember! I’ve probably seen her more since she went to America than I did when she was in Scotland. It’s funny – the first person I was friends with who went to WWE was Bayley, but she’s American, that’s what they do, they go to WWE. Then it was Paige. To see this small, angry Scottish woman on telly is weird – but I’m so happy for her. Read the rest of this entry »


Fact: The “Divas’ Revolution” needs to be bigger than WWE thinks

July 24, 2015

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“That’s a good-looking belt…that’s a women’s WRESTLING belt!” declared Alundra Blayze on the occasion of her Hall of Fame induction, holding her once-discarded women’s championship aloft.

Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, three-quarters of NXT’s four horsewomen, have now joined Paige on the main WWE roster, leading some to announce that a “Divas’ Revolution” is now under way.

Enough has been written about the way NXT treats women’s wrestling – the women are characters in their own right, with motivations beyond “jealousy” and “boyfriends”, and the belt itself is for women, rather than “Divas”. (Can you imagine the men having a “Superstars’ Championship”?)

But a true revolution will never be successful until there’s a change from top to bottom. Read the rest of this entry »


Facts from Monday Night RAW, O2 Arena, April 13th 2015

April 13, 2015

Well, if I type quickly, I might get this published before the show airs…spoilers, if so…

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Exclusive! More from Kharma – those vignettes, that Royal Rumble, and what she really thinks of the Divas

October 10, 2014

kharma_3_fullCheck out Part One of our exclusive chat with Kharma/Amazing Kong – she talks reality TV, signing for WWE, and thoughts of retirement.

One of the quotes I really like from you was a very gracious and interesting one – you don’t think the Divas get enough credit. Did you mean from WWE or the fans or both?
I dare say both, actually. And I actually used to be one of those people. Before I got to WWE, I was very dismissive of their Diva division. Once I got there, especially the night I debuted, Michelle McCool and Layla had a match, and they left it all out there, and I respected that. The attitudes and the work ethic that I witnessed there from all the girls was extremely admirable and one that rivalled the work ethic I experienced with the Knockouts.

It’s just a shame that the Divas have to overcome such a pigeonholed reputation from the past – they’re fighting against that right now, and it’s a shame. Read the rest of this entry »


Fact: Paige can be the cornerstone of the new, improved Divas’ division

April 8, 2014

I talk about this a lot, but after last night’s RAW it seems that it’s finally coming true – Sara Del Rey’s fierce dojo stable is preparing to take over WWE and give us the Divas’ division we should have had all along.paige is champion Read the rest of this entry »


Question: is this a changing of the guard in WWE?

April 8, 2014

After Wrestlemania, there was talk about how this was a new generation of WWE talent taking over. Undertaker lost his streak; the New Age Outlaws and Kane were squashed by the Shield; and Daniel Bryan defeated the Authority to become the face of the company.

And last night’s RAW seems to consolidate that view.

There were vignettes for Adam Rose and Bo Dallas; Emma and Summer Rae featured in another mixed tag and got big cheers; Cesaro is the new Paul Heyman guy; Lana introduced the Bulgarian Brute Alexander Rusev, who dispatched Zack Ryder; and perhaps most amazingly (but wonderfully) Paige won the Divas title on her debut, pinning AJ Lee.

At the end, as the stable formerly known as Evolution retreated in the face of Bryan and the Shield’s dominance, they looked old…old and tired…and the once-invincible bullies were helpless.

I am excited for what’s coming up on WWE. I hope this fantastic and sparkling promise for the next 12 months comes to fruition.


Fact: the Road to Wrestlemania is not interesting to watch on NXT

March 31, 2013

paigeYou already know how much I love NXT. Here’s a list of things (by no means comprehensive) I enjoy seeing on it:

1) Paige killing bitches by kicking them in the head
2) Big E Langston killing bitches and pinning them for five
3) Adrian Neville being amazing
4) The one true Ascension
5) A plethora of magnificent beards
6) Emma’s dancing
7) Kassius Ohno speaking truth to William Regal

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Question: are the Bella Twins what the WWE Divas’ Division needs?

March 16, 2013

When I said the Divas’ Division needed some additions, this was NOT exactly what I meant.

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Yes, the Bella Twins are back, and they are being petted by Damien Sandow (though not by Cody Rhodes). Read the rest of this entry »


Fact: NXT is the best wrestling show on television

January 19, 2013

I’ve always enjoyed watching NXT since its reboot (I gave up on NXT Redemption in horror, around about its 4,659th week of competition). I wrote about some of its plus points last summer, but since then it’s improved even further – and the last two episodes have been amazing.

First of all, the NXT universe and the WWE universe have finally collided. Champion Seth Rollins turned heel, accompanied by his Shield cohorts Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose (finally making his NXT debut several weeks after his WWE debut). And Big E Langston was there as an enforcer to mete out his own brand of justice. Read the rest of this entry »


Fact: Dusty Rhodes thinks Paige “should have been born a guy”

September 8, 2012

Dusty Rhodes, the NXT commissioner, has an odd Twitter account. The spelling and syntax are both terrible, but the profile picture is him at home and his eldest son tweets him, so even though the account isn’t verified, I think we can be fairly sure it’s him.

He tweeted last week about NXT’s Anti-Diva, England’s very own Paige, and enthused thus:

Obviously this was meant as a compliment – Paige is incredibly talented in the ring. And I wanted to object to it and claim that she can shine just as well as a female wrestler.

But it’s not true, is it? Read the rest of this entry »